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This article was published on May 6, 2015


    Vincent van Gogh’s The Night Café: VR edition

    Vincent van Gogh’s The Night Café: VR edition
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    Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015. Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015.

    The Café de la Gare in Arles, where Vincent van Gogh hung out during the summer of 1888 — paying owner Joseph Ginoux for the room upstairs with his famous The Night Café painting — is long gone.

    But thanks to , we may get some sense of how the place may have looked and felt to the artist. Van Gogh spent three nights painting this room depicting what he later called his “ugliest” painting, sleeping during the day.

    While this virtual reality interpretation was inspired by this specific painting, Cauley’s VR experience broadens the perspective to include objects and scenes from other famous Van Gogh works.

    “While creating the environments of these paintings in 3D space I’ve had to expand on areas that can’t be seen; rooms behind doors, objects hidden from view, people turned away from the viewer,” Cauley wrote in a blog post for Oculus Mobile VR Jam 2015, where this work was submitted.

    “It’s been an interesting process in using reference material from Van Gogh and other expressionist painters but also imagining what might have been there, just off the edges of the canvas.”

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    Reproduction from the Yale University Art Gallery

    ➤ The Night Cafe – A VR Tribute to Vincent van Gogh